Mexico’s drug cartel has warned that its soldiers will go to war with US forces if they attempt to capture and kill Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Pena has resisted calls from the White House to resign in the wake of a deadly border siege last week that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more.
The White House says that Pena must leave office.
The comments by the Sinaloa Cartel, known as La Familia, come after a string of high-profile deaths, including two members of the Cartel Council of America and its founder Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is wanted in the United States.
La Familia has claimed responsibility for at least 12 attacks and shootings in Mexico in recent months.
The group, which is led by Guzman’s son Joaquin, was formed in 1994 and is currently led by his brother and successor, Guillermo.
They are the largest drug trafficking organisation in Mexico, with about 2,000 members, according to the government.
The statement said that “when [the US] will be able to carry out an attack on our territory, it will be the first time in history that we have attacked an enemy from within Mexico, the enemy who is also the enemy of the American people and the enemy we will fight with all our means.”
La Familias spokesperson, Gustavo Guillermopol, said in a statement that the cartel would “fight for the liberation of our country and the liberation from this US empire, and all those who are fighting against it, for the sake of our children, of our mothers, and our brothers.”
The group said it would not “be able to achieve the goal of liberation from the United State” but “we will fight for it.”
Last week, Mexico’s state prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty against a leader of La Familios, Miguel Angel Hernandez.
Hernandez was arrested in January 2016 after the death of Guillermopol’s nephew, Sergio Guillermos.
Hernandez was indicted for murder in February of this year and is awaiting trial.